Here’s how you can support females in need this International Women’s Day

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Here’s how you can support females in need this International Women’s Day

Rather than buying your favourite females flowers or a mani-pedi, why not pay it forward to other women across the globe. There are countless women’s charities doing their bit to advance the careers of women, give girls access to education and proper healthcare, and to ensure females in war-torn areas have the opportunity to safely attend school. Here are some of the organisations committed to making a difference:

Care International

This is the charity behind #March4Women – the annual female equality march – and works towards beating poverty and achieving gender equality in all 93 countries it supports. Founded in 1945, it has helped millions of people escape poverty so far, and aims to use donations to help 150 million people in poverty-stricken nations by the end of 2020. Donate here.

Women for Refugee Women

Seeking asylum in a new country takes its toll on mental health because of the fight against harmful stereotypes surrounding refugees. Women for Refugee Women works to lessen the exclusion and injustices women face and gives the often overlooked, extremely strong women the voice, and the treatment, they deserve. Donate here.

Womankind

Violence against women is widespread - one in three women has experienced violence in their lifetime. This is why Womankind’s mission is to end violence against women and girls around the world by creating laws and policies to protect females, and to work towards a world where the rights of all women are valued and respected. Donate here.

Heifer International

Every night 821 million people go to bed hungry. In order to put an end to that horrifying statistic, Heifer International works in 21 countries alongside local business owners to provide nutrition, access to education, healthcare, and a safe environment to those who need it most. There are many causes you can contribute to, including environmental sustainability and economic development. Donate here.

Oxfam

The majority of people living in poverty are women, due to fewer resources, opportunities and rights; all of which put them most at risk when emergencies strike. Your donations can help women reclaim their rights and fight against poverty by unlocking their potential through access to education and knowledge in fields from farming techniques to business. Donate here.

ActionAid

Give the gift of the future to females around the world. Whether you choose bee-related gifts to help Kenyan women kick-start their beekeeping career, school supplies for children, emergency response kits, supplies for mothers, or the gift of livestock, every contribution goes towards making the world a better, and safer, place for women to live. Donate here.

UNICEF

For a fraction of an extravagant brunch, you can buy gifts to help expectant mothers; birthing beds, foetal stethoscopes, iron supplements and a midwifery kit being just a few. Other gifts include sanitary pads, assistance with delivering a baby and life-saving food for a malnourished child. Donate here.

Girls Who Code

Committed to closing the gender gap in the technology field, Girls Who Code is building the largest community of female engineers in the United States to change the current statistic – that is, only one in five computer science graduates are women. Your donation will give girls aged 13 to 17 the tools they need to create technology to make the world a better place for all. Donate here.

The Malala Fund

Founded by Nobel Peace Prize-winner and best-selling author Malala Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin, the Malala Fund champions every girl’s right to 12 years of free education in a safe, stable environment. It currently operates throughout Afghanistan, Brazil, India and other countries in need. The fund is part of Malala’s mission to make young women’s voices heard, and to hold leaders accountable for their negligence. Donate here.

Women for Women International

1 in 3 women have experienced assault, and 70 per cent of the population living in poverty are women and girls, with some living on less than Dhs4 a day. This International Women’s Day, break cultural and economic barriers to equality in areas affected by conflict and give females the education they deserve. Investing in women can change the world. Case in point: We would be able to feed 150 million more people if women had the same access to agricultural resources as men. 

In addition, this International Women’s Day, you can send a #messagetomysister – a message of support and solidarity for women surviving in the harshest conditions. Donate here.

Women’s Global Empowerment Fund

This non-profit organisation was founded in 2007 to provide women across Uganda access to business and literacy training, healthcare, and microcredit loans so they can live up to their full potential and build a brighter future for their entire family. Donate here.

Every Mother Counts

Did you know that almost all maternal deaths are preventable? Even so, more than 800 women die every day from pregnancy-related complications. Founded by Christy Turlington, Every Mother Counts is committed to making childbirth and pregnancy safe for everyone by improving access to maternity care around the world. Donate here.

WaterAid

Clean water and good hygiene is a basic human right, however we are in the midst of a global water crisis. WaterAid is working to combat that – with your help. There are 785 million people living without clean water, and 2 billion people worldwide using inadequate toilets. Donating whatever you can means children can stay in school and aren’t at risk of water-borne diseases. Donate here.

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